Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Bucket list - do it!

by contributor Wendy Gordon

“I’m not dead yet….”......  and good thing - because the Mike Nichols/Monty Python multi-Tony Award winning musical SPAMALOT should be on everyone’s bucket list—but you only have about a week to accomplish that—SPAMALOT plays at the Warner theater from March 13-18.  You better hurry while you still have breath in your body. Hint: Watch out for those bunnies if you want to make it. 

Based on the wildly popular film Monty Python & the Holy Grail which tells the legendary story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one knight divested of his extremities.  And who doesn’t love a theatrical experience that pokes politically incorrect  fun at everything from death to religion; gay marriage to Broadway itself? 

Utilizing ornate costumes, show stopping choreography and ridiculously hilarious lyrics and dialogue, SPAMALOT takes the audience on a hysterically rollicking escapist journey.  For those familiar with the movie (named by film fans as the best British picture of all time by the United Kingdom arm of Amazon and the Internet Movie Database), the elements of the play add extra facets to the tale.  For those that have not yet seen the iconic film, new fans will be created. 
The cast for Monty Python’s Spamalot includes two local actors:  Arthur Rowan, who plays King Arthur; and Adam Grabau, who plays Sir Lancelot and three other roles.  Rowan attended high school in Vienna, Virginia and has worked with Folger Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Scena Theatre, Horizons Theater and American Century Theater, among others.  Grabau, a native of Howard County, performed in Signature Theatre’s Helen Hayes Award-winning Les Miserables.  He has also worked with Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Rep Stage.

The remainder of the cast for Monty Python’s Spamalot includes Brittany Woodrow as The Lady of the Lake, Michael J. Berry, Joe Beuerlein, Thomas DeMarcus, Kasidy Devlin, James David Larson, Jacob L. Smith, Kimber Benedict, Jason Elliott Brown, Ryan Cowles, Carl DeForrest Hendin, Amanda Johns, Andrew Leggieri, Melissa Denise Lopez, McKayla Marso, Jesse Palmer, Tiffani Robbins, Jared Titus, and Bradley Allan Zarr.

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Bring out your dead—and yourself.